Most effective treatment for type 2 diabetes
Fibre rich pulses and grains
Common medical information and advice on Type 2 diabetes, is that it is a disease that usually gets worse over time and that most people will need to take medication to control the condition for the rest of their lives.
This advice just isn’t the case at all for most people, it is the medication that is masking and exasperating the real issue of insulin sensitivity.
Rather than medication, one of the most effective and easier treatment methods to stick to as part of a long term positive lifestyle change, that can stop and often reverse type 2 diabetes is intermittent fasting.
Our body’s natural process is to store energy from the food we eat and release it again when needed. The problem with today’s food culture is that we are almost always eating, and more than ever before, we are eating foods that are heavily processed and full of fast release energy such as sugars and little else.
It is this almost constant intake of processed foods, causing a constant release of insulin which leads to insulin sensitivity in the body’s cells and therefore type 2 diabetes.
Fasting has been used for centuries as part of many people’s normal healthy life practices. It can be used at any time to fit in with your own individual lifestyle, by simply extending the time periods between meals.
The easiest way is to eat dinner earlier and breakfast the next day later, this can extend the normal fasting period around when we stop eating, go to bed and get up the next day from on average around 8-9 hours to 12-14 hours. This doesn’t have to be rigorously followed every day; it can be done on alternate days even 2-3 days a week and alongside dietary change will make a big difference.
During these periods of fasting, the body will turn to its stores of glucose and fat to use for energy, meaning insulin is no longer needed to be produced. Over a period of weeks and months this will cause insulin sensitivity to reduce, therefore insulin will start to work more effectively again and blood sugar levels will naturally reduce.
So, bringing this all together.
To effectively treat the actual cause of type 2 diabetes. A dietary change needs to be made along with periods of fasting. Swapping most highly processed foods normally eaten, for natural whole foods higher in fibre, such as vegetables and whole fruits, legumes (peas, lentils, chickpeas) whole grains, oats, brown rice.
These lifestyle changes will not only stop and can even reverse type 2 diabetes; they will also naturally reduce body fat levels and improve overall health.
For more information on diabetes in general and other diet related health issues and advice, see our Living Well section.